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An author with The Wild Rose Press, I strive to bring authors and readers together with a touch of Heart, Soul, and Happily Ever After. You can connect with me at www.facebook.com/imahayes , https://twitter.com/imahayes, and we can get pin happy at www.pinterest.com/imahayes.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Thankful Author 2016- Tena Stetler


What am I thankful for? First and foremost, I am thankful the frigging 2016 presidential election is OVER! A lessening of mudslinging, public airing of dirty laundry (we all have some, but know better than publically declare it) and finger pointing by all involved will thankfully lessen my stress level.  How about yours?
Whether your candidate won or lost, we all have to pull up our big girl and boy pants and support this country. It may not be perfect, but in my book it’s still the greatest nation in the world, just my humble opinion, and don’t you forget it.

Jamming my soapbox back under the bed. (Whew) Now let’s get on with the other things I am thankful for. First of all, I’m thankful to have food on the table, I am healthy enough to enjoy life, and for the roof over my head (though it was pounded into oblivion by the catastrophic softball-size hail storm July 28th and had to be replaced).

Bless the hearts of my wonderful readers, I am so thankful for them. I hope my tales of paranormal creatures have helped them forget their troubles or relax by slipping into worlds of magic fantasy, if only for a few hours.  Though it’s been over two years, I still wake up and pinch myself every morning, thankful to be living my dream of being a published author.  A dream made possible by my supportive, extraordinary husband of many moons, and The Wild Rose Press, my amazing publisher. My editor, well, let’s just say…she rocks! I’m so thankful for her patience and understanding. (We won’t mention lines of red words, reminders to myself, I failed to delete before sending the manuscript to her.) Yep, my face turns bright red every time I think about it. Won’t make that mistake again.  Have you ever done such a thing? Oh, yeah, and I’m thankful for the helpful, supportive authors of The Wild Rose Press!  They are always willing to lend a hand.
When my characters run amuck, the story plot flows in ten different directions and none of them what I had in mind.  (Yeah, I know you plotters never have that happen, but us pansters… well just saying.) Three little words, “You’ve got this” are music to my ears from my family and friends. I am eternally thankful for their encouragement and support.
I am thankful for the unconditional love of my chow dog, spoiled parrot and box turtle. No matter how bad I feel or screw up, in their eyes, I’m darn near perfect. And I’m certainly not going to tell them any different!

Finally, a day never passes without my thanks to the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces whose dedication keeps our great nation free. (Comes from living in a military town all my life & marrying a soldier.)  We are one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. You may not agree with me, but that’s what is great about this nation.  You don’t have to.  I’m entitled to my own opinion, as are you. I can write books on any topic I choose without fear of a midnight knock on my door or being carted away. Unless of course our characters come to life, then we are all in trouble. ROFLOL

While I have a lot more to be thankful for, those are the biggies. I wish you all love, laughter and happy Thanksgiving!


Excerpt A Witch’s Holiday Wedding:


After she set her glass down, Lathen brushed a couple strands of hair out of her eyes and searched her face. “Are you all right?”
“I’m tired, my wedding is in a couple weeks, I have ghosts fighting over who is going to do what. Guests that have no idea the place is haunted and… Your family and pack, my parents, Gwen… To top it all off, the head of my clan, who is a ghost, is sitting in front of me wanting to know who is coming to the wedding and whether the ghosts will be outed. How could I possibly be all right?”
“When you put it that way.” Lathen chuckled. “It sounds just a bit… I don’t know…crazy?” His right eyebrow winged up. She saw mischief sparkle in his eyes. “We could still elope,” he offered.
“No sir. Not after all the trouble—Not on me watch.” Aidan shook his head so vehemently his ghostly upper torso blurred.

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14 comments:

  1. Lines of red words? Sorry, but I write down my notes on paper edits. Yet, I'll remember your post if I should ever decide to jot something on the computer manuscript. I loved your post! I'm always accused of standing on my "soapbox," so you're not alone. Wishing you all the best! :)

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    1. Yep, learned the hard way. The notes are on a note pad next to my computer now.
      Thanks for stopping by Mary!!!

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  2. Tena, I always enjoy reading your posts. Your happiness and generosity come through every line. You've clearly found your calling!

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    1. Thanks Nell for stopping by. I appreciate it, knowing how busy we all are. Yep, I love my job! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  3. Wow. I'm with you, girl! I'm glad the election is OVER. Now it's time to think of upbeat things like Thanksgiving and the holidays ahead. Your excerpt sounds like the book will be an fun read.

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping my Judy!I think A Witch's Holiday Wedding will warm the hearts of readers. Which is what a holiday tale is supposed to do. Right? Happy Thanksgiving!!

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  4. Thanks for sharing your joy and gratitude Tena! Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Oh thanks Charlotte for stopping by and Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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  5. Ah, yes, fellow pantser--characters running amuck :) But you're right about the fabulous editors at TWRP. I have post-it notes everywhere when I'm working. Looking forward to reading your book! Best of luck with it.

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    1. Thanks Barbara!! Not only are the editors fabulous, but the cover artists are too. Thanks to Kristian Norris, A Witch's Holiday Wedding made the finalists for the 2016 Winter Holiday Cover Contests with Still Moments! Yippee! Psst. So did Mary's Magical Highland Solstice. LOL Happy Thanksgiving!

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  6. Isn't the love of a dog a beautiful thing? Even amid other blessings, it stand out for me. Please say "hi" to Mystic!

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    1. Thank you Laura. Yes, I couldn't agree more. I have Mystic a hug for you and she sent you back purple tongued kisses! Happy Thanksgiving! Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Hi Tena. I love love love your post. Good on you for saying it out loud! And I think your cover for your new release rocks! Good luck and Happy - in advance - Thanksgiving. Anni. xx

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    1. Thank you Anni!!!! Glad you stopped by and enjoyed my musings. I love my cover. Thank you Kristian Norris! Happy Thanksgiving to you too! It will be here in a blink of an eye!

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